Deaths from painkillers rising sharply among US women

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A shocking report in the New York Times states that, in the United States, "More women now die of overdoses from pain pills like OxyContin than from cervical cancer or homicide."

Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers among American women have quintupled since 1999. Women’s rates of dying from overdoses have always been much lower than men but now women are starting to catch up.

Unfortunately, we don’t have Canadian data to compare how women in Canada fare.

Read the article in the Times: Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers.